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Weekly overview (2015, week 04): 2 new brands and 93 new pedals

collage of this week's updates

2 new brands

  1. Grace Design
  2. Jackson Ampworks

93 new effects

  1. Ampeg SCR-DI
  2. Bomes Electric Sir-Gains-A-Lot
  3. Boss BB-1X Bass Driver
  4. Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System
  5. Boss FV-30H
  6. Boss FV-30L
  7. Boss VE-1 Vocal Echo
  8. Catalinbread Antichthon
  9. Catalinbread Talisman
  10. Catalinbread Valcoder
  11. Catalinbread Zero Point
  12. CIOKS DC5
  13. Cusack Project F-Bomb
  14. Dédalo FX B-Saurio - Bass Distortion
  15. Dédalo FX Fugu - Dual Analog Chorus
  16. Dédalo FX Jet - Compressor
  17. Diamond Comp Jr
  18. Diamond Phase 4
  19. DigiTech TRIO - Band Creator
  20. El Musico Loco Dr. Iver
  21. Electro-Faustus EF109 Drone Thing
  22. Electro-Harmonix Good Vibes - Modulator
  23. Electro-Harmonix Nano Bad Stone - Phase Shifter
  24. Electro-Harmonix Nano Holy Grail Neo
  25. Empress Effects Buffer+ Stereo
  26. F-Pedals Darklight
  27. F-Pedals Echo Bandit
  28. F-Pedals Robotholic
  29. Grace Design Felix - Instrument Preamplifier Blender
  30. Himmelstrutz Mr. Nutcracker
  31. Hotone Audio EQ-V - 5 Band Equalizer
  32. Hotone Audio Gate
  33. ISP Technologies Beta Bass Pedal
  34. J. Rockett Audio Designs Boing
  35. J. Rockett Audio Designs Monkeyman
  36. J. Rockett Audio Designs SOS - Buffer
  37. J. Rockett Audio Designs The Dude
  38. Jackson Ampworks Reverb + Tap Tempo Tremolo
  39. Jim Dunlop Cry Baby CBM-95 Mini Wah Wah
  40. Lehle Mono Volume - Precision Magnetic Sensor
  41. Line 6 Firehawk FX
  42. Line 6 Relay G70
  43. Lovepedal Vibronaut - Photocell Vibe
  44. Mad Professor Evolution Orange Underdrive
  45. Malekko Combover - Spectral Processor
  46. Malekko Scrutator - Sample Rate Reducer
  47. Malekko Sneak Attack - Auto/Manual Attack/Decay
  48. McCaffrey Audio Green Vodka Muff
  49. McCaffrey Audio Reactor Comp
  50. McCaffrey Audio Zero To Sixty Drive
  51. Mission Engineering Boomerang - Programmable Dual Volume/Expression Pedal
  52. Mission Engineering Delta III - Tri-Stage Distortion
  53. Mojo Hand Extra Special - "Howard" Inspired Overdrive
  54. Mojo Hand Superlative - Supro Inspired Overdrive
  55. Mooer Audio Tender Octaver
  56. Mooer Audio The Wahter
  57. Moog Minifooger Chorus - Bucket Brigade Time Modulator
  58. Moog Minifooger Flange - Bucket Brigade Harmonic Manipulator
  59. Morley Cliff Burton Tribute Series Power Fuzz Wah
  60. MXR M-238 Iso-Brick Power Supply
  61. MXR M-85 Bass Distortion
  62. Nemphasis PB-8 Foot Controller
  63. Nemphasis Steam Bass - Bass Analog Chorus
  64. OGRE FUZZ Buster RT
  65. OGRE Squash Comp Bass
  66. OGRE Tremoloid
  67. Ovaltone The IIIrd+ - The Legendary Proto-Preamplifier in a Box
  68. Radial Tonebone Bassbone V2
  69. Rockbox Abyssinia - Bass Pre-Amp
  70. Rockbox Dragonstone - Distortion
  71. Rockbox Matador - Pre-Amp
  72. Rockbox Rainy Day - Bass Chorus
  73. Rockbox Super 763 - Preamp / Overdrive
  74. Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter - Stereo Tremolo
  75. Simble Predrive
  76. Source Audio After Shock - Bass Distortion
  77. Source Audio L.A. Lady - Overdrive
  78. Source Audio Mercury - Flanger
  79. Source Audio Nemesis Delay
  80. T-Rex Replicator - Tap Tempo Tape Delay
  81. TC Electronic Helix Phaser
  82. TC Electronic Viscous Vibe
  83. TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper
  84. Tech 21 Boost Comp
  85. Tone Concepts The Luke - Steve Lukather signature The Distillery
  86. Walrus Audio Luminary - Octave Generator
  87. Walrus Audio Vanguard - Dual Phase
  88. Wampler Pedals Plexi-Drive Deluxe
  89. Way Huge WHE103 Saffron Squeeze - Compressor MkII
  90. Way Huge WHEXXX Blue Hippo - Analog Chorus MkII
  91. Z. Vex Bombpop
  92. Z. Vex Pedal Thief
  93. Z. Vex Woolly Mammoth 7

1 new article

  1. New pedals at the 2015 NAMM show!

Overviews of the previous weeks: http://www.effectsdatabase.com/updates/weekly

Discuss these updates at the forum: http://forum.effectsdatabase.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=412

New pedals at the 2015 NAMM show!

Around this time the doors of the NAMM show open, but based on press releases, leaks, rumors,... you can already find a list of close to 200 new pedals here:

New pedals are added all the time, also keep an eye on Effects Database's social media (Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Google+)

[review] T-Rex NeoComp (by LordRiffenstein)


T-Rex Engineering has been around for a long time, making high quality pedals and accessories that can be found on pedalboards all over the world. In 2014 they launched a new range of smaller pedals. As usual with T-Rex, these pedals have a couple of extra features for you to explore.


So, another compression pedal from T-Rex? Their Comp-Nova is highly acclaimed and can be found on a lot of pedalboards. The Neocomp is not a copy and actually has an extra control. You get Gain, Comp, Attack and Release controls, all that you would need to fine-tune a compressor.

[review] T-Rex Diva Drive (by LordRiffenstein)


T-Rex Engineering has been around for a long time, making high quality pedals and accessories that can be found on pedalboards all over the world. In 2014 they launched a new range of smaller pedals. As usual with T-Rex, these pedals have a couple of extra features for you to explore.

Diva Drive

A smaller form and packed with features, what’s not to like about? Build quality is excellent as usual. The pedal feels solid, the controls have a good feel. The pedal is based on a circuit using the JRC4558 op amp. Yes, like MANY other drive pedals out there, but the Diva Drive has some extra tricks up it’s sleeve. You get the typical gain-tone-volume controls but also a mix control. On the side of the pedal, there is also a 3-way toggle switch.

[review] J. Rockett Audio Designs Archer (by LordRiffenstein)

Rockett Pedals

Rockett pedals was started in 2006 by Chris Van Tassel and Jay Rocket. Both were long time session musicians and they were not totally satisfied with what the pedal-market had to offer.  So they started to design their own pedals, hoping that they would catch on. Their unique custom enclosures are eye-catchers!


The name, the knobs and the logo are obviously a hint as to the background to this pedal.  The Archer is Rockett’s own version of the much coveted Klon Centaur pedal. The controls are very simple and just like the original Centaur: output, gain and treble. The treble control is not a typical tone control but also not just a treble control. You can think of it like a mix between a treble and a presence control. Where the original Centaur came in a big enclosure, the guys from Rockett have put this in a very sleek design.  I only have 1 comment about it: if you use pancake plugs, the space for the power cable is very limited.  Some 9v DC plugs will not fit, it’s best to use a straight plug or a small one.

[review] Strymon Mobius (guest review by 3choplex)

I am slowly working through the presets and also how to tweak everything. It is a complex pedal.

The sound samples, even the good ones, do not do it justice. When I ordered it, I was worried that it would be sterile sounding. It is not. The word I would use in general is buttery. There is no harshness to any of the presets except where it was obviously intended.

The big thing I noticed is how clean it is. I did not notice single preset that added any noise whatsoever.  All the sounds are super high fidelity in a really nice way. Like I said before, buttery.

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-301 Rated Boost - Clean Boost (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, WiJoyo Ironman Rated Boostreless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect pedals like the Ultimate Drive, AC Tone, California Sound and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This colorful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind a lid. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi of the lid. All pedals are also true bypass.

[review] DigiTech HardWire Supernatural - Ambient Verb (by LievenDV)

Digitech continues the concept of loading 7 sounds in one pedal. Select a model and tweak the mix, liveliness and decay and you're off.

Basically, the 7 models form a mix of old classics and some new ideas.

DigiTech HardWire SupernaturalIf you like to introduce a psychedelic touch or some fresh soundscaping layers in your song, you might want to check these. Shimmer effects have been very popular among reverb lovers and this pedal features one that you can compare with the more expensive brands.

The plate reverb will pretty much work every time you'd like to add some reverb and the spring reverb is everything you would expect from a solid, decent but not exceptional reverb. The newer ideas add hints of modulation like phaser, chorus, flanging and some pitch shifting. These "ideas" sound quite specific so I wouldn't call them subtle. Of course, your mix setting will determine how subtle -you- want it and I noticed that this pedal gets very interesting when it follows up on a basic delay. Especially the newer sounds were valuable in this setup. While the classic sounds did a good job without a delay in front of it, the combo with the newer ideas will please the more experimental of nature.

Auction for Andy

Maybe you noticed the little "auction for Andy" banner that has been on top of all pages this week? It's for a benefit auction for the wife and son of Andrew Richardson (Z.Vex employee) started on Reverb. There are 169 (often unique) items sent in by manufacturers and artists: from guitars, pedals, autographed records and cd's, guitar lessons,... to a visit to Juan Alderete's studio (including an Earthquaker Devices pedal of your choice).


About Andy:

    Andrew Richardson, sales/operations manager at ZVEX Effects passed away suddenly on September 1, 2014. Artists and gear manufacturers alike have rallied to raise money for Andy’s beautiful wife, Moe (Marisa) and 3 year old son Bronson, who must now carry on without him. His passing is felt deeply by the many who loved him. From stores, artists, distributors, manufacturers alike, Andy was loved and is sorely missed. In addition to his key role at ZVEX, Andy was an amazing musician and member of Minneapolis-based bands such as The Crush, Book of Dead Names, Start: Destruct and the Dirty Hits. Andy was sarcastic, hilarious, organized, whip-smart and kicky cool. He will be remembered always for his talent, generosity, lanky gait and devilish smile.

    If you didn’t have the honor to know Andy, you can learn more about him here:

    Andy suffered from depression and anxiety. Although he had friends on all corners of the earth, he was somehow not able to ask for help. His life and his loss will not be forgotten.

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[interview] Dutch Kazoo: Patrick Devlin

Here's FXDB's interview with Patrick Devlin of Dutch Kazoo.

Dutch Kazoo is run by Corinne Mandell and Patrick Devlin. They're located west of Philadelphia in Pottstown, PA, USA.

How did Dutch Kazoo start?

I had modified my own gear for a long time, and I had built some one-off guitar amplifiers for friends. We have never done anything other than the Dutch Kazoo -- it is our first product.

From the very beginning, we wanted to ensure that the Dutch Kazoo would be designed successfully, so we hired J.C. Morrison, a very talented electronics designer/engineer, to work out the circuit from our rough concept. For the unique housing, we worked with Ika Peraic, who is a young and talented sculptor and industrial designer. I personally like every effect I use to look different, so I like things like Roger Mayer's rocket shaped effects and the old things from Ludwig and Mu-Tron. I think it makes owning or collecting those effects more enjoyable.

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